Great Gatsby Gathering
September 23, 2003
Just about the prettiest party every summer is the Great Gatsby, given on the lawn of the Wheeler/Stallard House Museum, a stately brick mansion that serves as a perfect backdrop for partygoers who wear Gatsby-era attire … lots of pearls, feather boas, striped shirts, dapper hats and dresses from mothers’ and grandmothers’ trunks. Hosts this year were Kyle Boyd, Kendall Chen, Greg Erwin, Jay Gatsby, Jerry Goldman, George Gracis, Don Keltner, Ricardo Montoya, John Provine, Kent Shodeen and Bob West. I didn’t get all the photos in from last summer’s party, so I will also include some of them. And I will keep the column short so I can include most of the pretty pictures.Here is some memorabilia: Jackie Boughton called me and said that she heard on Denver Public Radio that a bookstore owner in California, Andrew Stafford, had put all the copies of “Aspen in a Box” on the Internet. The magazine was published from 1965 to 1971 in New York City, and after the first issue there wasn’t much about Aspen in it. However, people are still very much interested in it, and I’ve had several people call me about it. You apparently can find the issues on http://www.ubu.com. I tried that on my computer but couldn’t pull it up, so I put the words “Aspen in a box” (with that spacing) into my Google search, and up it came. The first issue includes a long article about jazz by Freddie Fisher and an article about Fritz Benedict’s home by Peggy Clifford.Here we go with the “Save the Dates” for the holidays. Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. will be the annual “Evening at the Crystal Palace,” which benefits the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. For information call 923-2511.The October 2003 issue of Town & Country magazine has a full page in the “parties” section featuring Aspenites Evelyn and Leonard Lauder. Evelyn was photographed with Libby Pataki, while Leonard was photographed with Elizabeth Hurley. The occasion was a benefit gala for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which was founded more than a decade ago by Evelyn. The soiree was held at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. Other celebrity guests included Elton John, Cornelia Guest, Vera Wang and Aerin Lauder. Ticket and auction sales – including the chance to have tea with Hurley – raised more than $3 million.Photographs of the Maroon Bells by many different photographers go on display Friday, Sept. 26, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Metaphor Gallery at Highlands Village. The exhibition is being co-sponsored by the Aspen Wilderness Workshop.Undercurrent … People always ask me for this recipe from my “Aspen Potpourri” cookbook for when they want to preserve a spray of golden aspen leaves. Use a solution of two parts glycerine (available at the drugstore) to three parts water; break off your aspen branch and soak the stem for at least a week in the solution. This is also good for preserving red scrub oak branches.